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Quick, memory-light browser for older computer?


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oviedo7

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Just formatted a old XP computer (10+ years). Need to set it up for some internet browsing. I have always been used to IE and IE8 has been good I feel... But considering the age of the computer I'd like to focus a bit on a quick, memory-light browser without compromising the security.

Do you guys have any suggestions about a quick browser not taking up too much of the memory - before the computer was formatted it was SLOW - both booting the system itself but also the browser.

I guess IE8 should be on there for those pages that need it - but I think something other could be neat for everyday browsing.

So far Firefox sounds great with all the add-ons - Well I havent missed those with IE8, but maybe giving the opputunity I would like them?

Chrome sounds fast and really secure with the "sandbox" thing, might be a perfect match? What do you think?
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Neil Jones

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Try it.
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Chrome can get pretty memory/CPU intensive if you open multiple tabs. It opens each tab in a new instance of chrome.exe so that if one tab crashes, the whole browser won't crash. It's pretty light if you're only browsing one or two tabs however.

Your main choices for browsers would be IE8, Firefox, Opera and Chrome. I believe Opera is pretty light on resources, I have never used it though so I can't confirm that.

Edited by xblindx, 30 December 2009 - 08:15 PM.

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rshaffer61

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I use Firefox and it seems faster and a lot more secure then IE. The others I have not tried so can't say if they are better or worse.
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I use Firefox and it seems faster and a lot more secure then IE. The others I have not tried so can't say if they are better or worse.

Firefox is very memory intensive. Mine uses quite a lot of RAM, nearly 200MB at times.

Chrome is very light if you have no more than 5 tabs open, that runs about 50MB of RAM.

Edited by mkau, 01 January 2010 - 10:42 AM.

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im on an xp pro sp3, 760mb RAM 2.53ghz i use chrome:
w/ 6MB dsl ....
every page i attempt to go into typed into the address bar,
will time out ... click the refresh button tho, it instantly loads,
gets annoying. looking for a different browser.
used to have firefox3 but it attracted too much spyware.
is the security on ff better?
dont like IE, as it is microsoft, and its a 'form' of
protest i guess. lol
need a better browser, any suggestions for me?
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Firefox attracts spyware? WOW that goes against everyone else i have used it. It is more secure and faster and updates more then IE every thought about.
I have been using FireFox for the past year and never had a problem with it.
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Firefox attracts spyware? WOW that goes against everyone else i have used it. It is more secure and faster and updates more then IE every thought about.
I have been using FireFox for the past year and never had a problem with it.

Yeah, it really doesn't. Something tells me he's not too sure what he's talking about.
Opera is somewhat lighter than FF, but I dislike the interface.
IE8 uses a ton of memory - about 56M for 1 tab.
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my spyware doctor software would come back w/ a ton of infections, everyday ... so i switch'd to chrome, and [bleep] dont wanna load for me
doesn't chrome run off the IE interface?
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A browser can't cause infections. Only the files that are downloaded or sites visited with that browser would cause infections to happen.
If you are being hit by infections then there is another problem and it should be checked out by the malware techs.
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